Adam Stone

Contributing Writer


A seasoned journalist with 20+ years' experience, Adam Stone covers education, technology, government and the military, along with diverse other topics. His work has appeared in dozens of general and niche publications nationwide.

October 21, 2016

Enhancing Campus Safety: Emergency Planning Goes Beyond the Historic Norms of Academia

U.S. Department of Education handbook now contains substantial language compelling schools to organize and document specific plans for issuing timely warnings and emergency notifications.

October 20, 2016

Need for FirstNet Greater Than Ever, First Responders Say

With an award on the $7 billion First Responder Network Authority program potentially just weeks away, those on the front lines say that despite years of planning, they still have more questions than answers — but the need for such a network remains.

May 11, 2016

How All Hazards Are Covered in Chatham County

The Georgia county’s hazard mitigation plan runs the gamut in addressing the possibilities.

April 22, 2015

Emergency Managers Debate the Need for Background Checks for Volunteers

Around the nation, volunteers at a range of levels are having their histories poked and prodded before they’re allowed to join the CERT.

February 24, 2015

Police Taking Page from the Military by Saving Lives with Tourniquets

In response to the rise of large-scale attacks in public places, a goal is to place tourniquets in malls, ballparks and universities.

January 23, 2015

National Fusion Center Model Is Emerging

Fusion centers are evolving into horizontal communication hubs between states.

December 4, 2014

Hardcore First-Responder Training at FEMA’s CDP has Arizona Ready for the Super Bowl

Instruction from the Center for Domestic Preparedness includes training for structural collapse, foodborne illness, explosions and chemical warfare.

November 17, 2014

FirstNet: Is Opting Out an Option?

Myriad factors and unknowns cloud the question for now.

September 22, 2014

L.A. Prepares for the Big Quake Amid the Questions of When and How Large

Seismologists agree that it’s a matter of when, not if, it happens, and that the resulting damage will be incalculable in the city of more than 4 million residents and 400,000 businesses.

September 2, 2014

Shared Services Agreements Aim to Keep IT Operations Afloat in the Next Big Storm

Governments team up to develop backup arrangements for tech services in the event of an emergency.

July 7, 2014

Securing the Smart Energy Grid Is a National Concern

While emergency managers can’t control malicious actions on the grid, they can play an active role in safeguarding the system.

May 5, 2014

The Creeping Disaster: How Texas Fought a Historic Drought

The scope of the dry spell was daunting, but the lessons learned are valuable for any emergency manager facing the prospect of very hot, very dry weeks and months.

March 24, 2014

Are Firefighters Spread Too Thin?

Today’s firefighter is expected to wear many hats, sometimes even a law enforcement one.

January 21, 2014

Cyberattack: The Possibilities Emergency Managers Need to Consider

Emergency managers are increasingly concerned about cyberattacks on 911 and other public safety systems.

October 9, 2013

Emergency Funds: Parametric Insurance Provides Predictability

Unlike traditional insurance, which pays on the actual value of a loss, parametric insurance pays for a predefined event.

September 30, 2013

Beyond Debriefing: How to Address Responders’ Emotional Health

First responders need time with colleagues to decompress after responding to an incident.

July 8, 2013

Video Helped Capture the Boston Bombing Suspects, But Is it Preventive?

Video footage can help unravel an event and catch the perpetrators, but some say the presence of cameras could deter acts of violence.

May 15, 2013

Lessons Learned About the Social Toll of Major Disasters

Pamela Jenkins, research professor of sociology, addresses the “unevenness of the recovery” in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

May 15, 2013

Long-Term Recovery Planning: What You Need to Know

Long-term planning starts with partnership-building, encompasses economic revitalization and ultimately keeps a community viable.

April 4, 2013

How Preplanning Can Ward off Bureaucratic Burden

Today’s fiscal climate forces a number of questions on emergency management, including how to streamline operations.

January 21, 2013

Catastrophic Power Outages Pose Significant Recovery Challenges

Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for weeks, but what if the weeks had turned into months?

January 7, 2013

Using Social Media to Enhance Situational Awareness

Listening to relevant posts from the public on social media platforms helps governments drive action and respond to emergencies.

November 26, 2012

When 911 Fails: What Safeguards Are In Place?

An investigation into the situation that left 2.3 million residents in northern Virginia without telephone access to 911 for up to four days.

August 6, 2012

Emergency Managers’ Best Practices for Evacuating Communities

Four emergency managers share what they learned during the heat of the moment and their go-to strategies during an evacuation.

June 1, 2012

How to Secure and Prepare for Large Events

Large, planned events attract tens of thousands of people and the potential for peril.

March 30, 2012

Utah’s iPad User’s Manual Could Serve as Example for Other Agencies

Homeland security officials in Utah use iPads to keep in touch with emergency responders.

March 21, 2012

DHS Budget Trends Jeopardize Partnerships and Collaboration

Emergency managers struggle to stay afloat in 2012 as budget trends continue.

January 30, 2012

America’s Crumbling Infrastructure Will Challenge Emergency Managers For Decades

Every event related to critical infrastructure is unique, leaving planners to face more unknowns than knowns.

January 2, 2012

Obsolescence of 911 Call Systems Leads Localities to Update to VoIP

VoIP technology brings portability and cost savings to 911 call centers, making it the top choice for system replacement.

August 31, 2011

10 Years After 9/11: How Far Did $635 Billion Spent on Homeland Security Go?

An examination of the last decade of homeland security funding and its future as government at all levels is being asked to do more with less.

August 15, 2011

Harnessing the Power of Social Media in Times of Crisis

Emergency managers are increasingly tapping social media to connect with communities.

April 4, 2011

Hurricane Katrina Hero Carries Lessons Learned to Future Challenges in Harris County, Texas

Mark Sloan's performance during the disaster earned him many accolades, including the President’s Call to Service award.

February 14, 2011

Should Emergency Managers Don Multiple Hats?

Can an emergency manager's duties be shared or should the role be a full-time job?

November 3, 2010

Staying Open: Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses

Vulnerable small businesses find the answers to surviving a disaster.

August 30, 2010

Online Solution Helps Alleviate the Emergency Room Surge

Maryland’s County Hospital Alert Tracking System provides real-time assessments of emergency room backlogs.

August 2, 2010

Evolving Technologies Promise to Deliver Vital Safety Information for First Responders

Vendors say life-saving safety equipment for first responders is here, but researchers want more study time.

September 15, 2009

Virginia County’s New Emergency Communications Center Simplifies Operations

Arlington County eases maintenance while reducing heat and noise for dispatchers.

June 5, 2009

Emergency Managers Use Nonprofits to Speed Funding

Nonprofits let government agencies bypass their formal procurement processes.

March 20, 2009

Gulf Coast Rebuilding After Hurricane Katrina Means Developing the Work Force

Work force development is key to disaster recovery.

November 11, 2008

FEMA Course Lays Framework for Minneapolis Bridge Collapse Response

Emergency response was swift and massive, thanks to preparedness exercises.

June 23, 2008

Recovery: Area Struck by 2004 Hurricane Improves Drainage

Hurricane Gaston's devastation drives $20 million project in Virginia.

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